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Death Note: The Musical is a stage production based on the Death Note manga series. The music was composed by Frank Wildhorn with lyrics by Jack Murphy and script by Ivan Menchell.

The musical was originally written in English and translated into Japanese and Korean for their respective productions in 2015. A second Korean production ran in January 2017, and a second Japanese production ran in September 2017. A third Japanese production is slated to run from January to March 2020.

In 2014, there was an English-language workshop in New York for the musical, and in early 2015, some of the English versions of the songs were released online. In January 2017, script-writer Ivan Menchell said on Twitter that an English-language production was "coming soon!"[1]

Development and pre-production

HoriPro is the Japanese production company behind the musical, who were previously part of the Death Note live-action films. Their production team notably included Broadway composer Frank Wildhorn, who composed the music; Jack Murphy, who wrote the lyrics; and Ivan Menchell, who wrote the script. Wildhorn was unfamiliar with Death Note when HoriPro approached him, and he took on the project when his son told him to do it because "it would be the coolest thing [he'd] ever done."[2] The musical was written in English and later translated into Japanese and Korean.

On April 14, 2014, a closed English-language workshop was held in New York as a presentation for the Japanese and Korean producers.[3]

Beginning in January 2015, some of the English-language demo songs were released online to generate buzz leading up to the Tokyo production opening. In total, eight songs were released: "Playing His Game", "They're Only Human", "When Love Comes", "I'll Only Love You More", "Kira", "Stalemate", "Honor Bound", and "Where is the Justice". The songs were recorded by a New York demo cast different from the workshop cast, with the exceptions of Adrienne Warren and Eric Anderson, who played Misa and Ryuk, respectively.


Act I

Light Yagami proclaims the failures of the justice system to his teacher, his classmates rallying to his side as he does so ("Where is the Justice"). Meanwhile, two Shinigami named Ryuk and Rem discuss how pitiful humans are, before Ryuk, seeking entertainment, drops the Death Note into the human world ("They're Only Human"). Light finds it in the street and jokingly writes the name of a gunman holding a group of children hostage ("Change the World"). When the gunman dies, Light is initially horrified - until his hatred of criminals prompts him to use the Death Note to rid the earth of crime, beginning a series of murders that quickly attracts the attention of the police ("Hurricane"). Following this, Soichiro Yagami reluctantly proposes that they enlist L.

Whilst Light flicks through the Death Note in his room, Ryuk appears and identifies himself as its original owner. He reveals that he will write Light's name inside when it's his time to die and that only those who have touched the notebook can see him—as demonstrated when Light's little sister, Sayu, bursts into the room, completely oblivious to Ryuk's presence. When she leaves, Light reveals his plans to become the world's savior, using the internet to show Ryuk that people have joyously labeled the killings the work of "Kira". Ryuk, amused that their "hero" is no more than a bratty teenager, reveals that he didn't choose Light for the task and merely dropped the Death Note out of boredom ("Kira"). Subsequently, Light and Sayu attends the concert of famous idol Misa Amane, who dedicates her performance to Kira ("I'm Ready"). Afterwards, when Sayu mentions that she believes Kira's actions are wrong, Light asks what she would say to Kira if she met him. He is left stunned by her response - she would tell him to stop, declaring that he should follow her brother's example, whilst Misa muses over how much she idolizes Kira ("We All Need a Hero").

Returning home, Light watches an Interpol broadcast in which L reveals himself and vows to capture Kira, causing Light to write his name in the Death Note. However, this turns out to be a trap; after the man dies, the real L's voice enters, explaining that his stand-in was a criminal scheduled for execution. Ending the broadcast with the deduction that Kira is in the Kantō region, L ponders their oncoming battle, realizing that his opponent is a high school student ("The Game Begins"). Reeling after carelessly falling into L’s trap, Light tries to learn more about the Death Note from Ryuk, wondering how far he can manipulate the details of a person's death. Soichiro enters the room and discusses the case with his son, mentioning L's deduction from the schedule of murders that Kira is a student. Soichiro then declares that L was wrong to sacrifice his stand-in during the broadcast, advising Light to be as righteous as possible whilst unaware that he is Kira ("There Are Lines").

Whilst L deduces that Kira needs a name and a face to kill, Light asks Ryuk, who can see someone's name above their heads, to tell him L's name should they ever meet him. Ryuk instead offers to give Light his own "Shinigami Eyes" in exchange for half of his remaining lifespan. Rebuffing the deal, Light changes the schedule of murders, revealing Kira's connection to the police and forcing L to probe his own investigation team. Confident that the task force will retaliate by finding and exposing L's identity, Light ponders with his opponent the outcome of their game ("Secrets and Lies"). Afterwards, a news broadcast announces that the FBI have sent several agents to Japan, prompting Light to find the identity of one agent, Haley Belle, on his fiancée's social media profiles. Writing Belle's name in the notebook, Light specifies that they meet at Shinjuku Station, where the agent writes the names of his colleagues onto a Death Note scrap before committing suicide ("Hurricane (reprise)").

Upon learning the deaths of the FBI agents, the task force is torn between their duty to capture Kira and fear of being killed. Soichiro gives each man the opportunity to leave, prompting Hideki Ide to quit the case ("Change the World (reprise)"). Light and L listen from different locations as the citizens praise Kira, with the detective vowing to bring him to justice. Suddenly, a second Death Note falls from the sky and is discovered by Misa, who has fled from a stalker's clutches ("Where is the Justice (reprise)").

Act II

After the crowd praises Kira once more ("Where is the Justice (reprise)"), Rem appears before Misa. She reveals that the newly-dropped Death Note belonged to her stalker's killer, a Shinigami named Gelus who turned to sand upon extending Misa's lifespan. Explaining that Kira punished the man who murdered her parents, Misa begs a reluctant Rem to give her Shinigami Eyes so she can assist him ("Mortals and Fools"). Meanwhile, the task force admits to Soichiro their lack of trust in L, including their suspicion that he is really Kira. L then appears before them and offers his own suspect - Light Yagami. Vowing to investigate him closely, he meets the young genius in college, catching him off-guard by revealing himself to be L. Whilst the pair plot each other's downfall, Misa writes a new song declaring in subtext her devotion to Kira ("Stalemate"). As she records it, she sends a message to a TV station as "the Second Kira", begging to meet the original in Shibuya, which disturbs Light but amuses Ryuk ("I'll Only Love You More"). This message also forces L to accept the impossible, including the likelihood that Shinigami exist ("The Way Things Are").

The next day in Shibuya, news of the two Kiras is met with joy by the people, hopeful that the pair will join forces ("Where is the Justice (reprise)"). Afterwards, Light and Misa meet and introduce their Shinigami to one another. When Misa begs him to become her boyfriend in exchange for her help, Light manipulates her into revealing the name of a task force member following them, much to Rem's horror. After agreeing to meet on the college campus, they leave Ryuk and Rem to ponder the situation, with Ryuk warning Rem about getting too attached to Misa ("Mortals and Fools (reprise)"). Later, L's continued assertions of Light's guilt results in a heated argument with Soichiro, ending with the revelation that the officer who tailed Light has committed suicide. Convinced that the two Kiras are working together, L leaves Soichiro to question his faith in his son ("Honor Bound").

Back at college, L challenges Light to a set of tennis, the intensity of their mental battle boiling over into the match ("Playing His Game"). After winning, Light probes L about his suspicions, at which point Misa arrives. Light introduces her to L, allowing Misa to see the latter's real name. However, L has her arrested before she can reveal what she knows, having found evidence on the envelope sent to the TV station that ties her to the Second Kira. Blindfolding her and chaining her to a cross, L tries to force Misa into confessing, but she refuses. Appalled, Soichiro predicts that L will pay for torturing Misa and reaffirms his belief in Light ("Borrowed Time"). Rem then enters Misa's cell, offering to erase her memory of the Death Note so that she won't betray Light. Misa agrees, leaving Rem heartbroken ("When Love Comes"). She then finds Light and Ryuk, at which point Light declares that she must write L's name in the Death Note, sacrificing herself to save Misa just like Gelus. Anticipating this, Rem agrees and orchestrates L's death as Light specifies.

With the stage set for the final showdown, L goes to meet Light in an abandoned warehouse on Daikoku Wharf ("The Way Things Are (reprise)"). Upon arrival, L holds Light at gunpoint, whereupon the latter confesses and reveals both his Death Note and Ryuk. Light then declares his victory, as L's name has already been written by Rem ("The Way It Ends"). L shoots his foe, but this is part of Light's plan - he will tell Soichiro that L was the real Kira and tried to kill him, thus allowing him to join and ultimately manipulate the task force under the pretense of finding the Second Kira. However, L warns Light that the game has not yet finished before committing suicide, and is ultimately proven correct. As Ryuk congratulates Light, he laments that life will return to a boring routine without L to challenge him. Playing the final move, Ryuk writes Light's name in the Death Note as the latter begs to be spared, declaring himself "the God of the New World" before he dies ("Hurricane (reprise)"). Remarking that everyone's efforts were meaningless, Ryuk departs with the Death Note.

As the people mourn the loss of Kira, Soichiro and Sayu find the bodies in the warehouse and are left without knowing what really happened to Light. Meanwhile, Misa finds Rem's remains and disperses them, marking the latter's death and the end of the story ("Requiem").


The music was composed by Frank Wildhorn with lyrics by Jack Murphy.

Track # English Title Japanese Title Characters Performing
1 Overture Overture (オーバーチュア) Company
2 Where is the Justice Where is the Justice (正義はどこに, Seigi wa Doko ni) Light, Teacher, Students
3 They're Only Human[4] Pathetic Humans (哀れな人間, Awarena Ningen) Rem, Ryuk
n/a Change the World[5] If Possible (できるものなら, Dekiru Mono Nara) Light, Company
4 Hurricane[6] Death Note (デスノート, Desu Noto) Light
5 Kira[4][6] Kira (キラ, Kira) Ryuk, Company
6 I'm Ready[5] Ready to Love (恋する覚悟, Koi Suru Kakugo) Misa, Backup Singers
7 We All Need a Hero[5] My Hero (私のヒーロー, Watashi no Hīrō) Sayu, Misa
8 The Game Begins[7] The Game Begins (ゲームの始まり, Gēmu no Hajimari) L
9 There Are Lines[5] Don't Cross That Line (一線を越えるな, Issen wo Koeru na) Soichiro, Light
10 Secrets and Lies[5] Secrets and Lies (秘密と嘘, Himitsu to Uso) L, Light, Soichiro
n/a Hurricane (reprise)[5] Death Note Reprise Light
n/a Change the World (reprise)[5] If Possible Reprise Task Force
11 Where is the Justice (reprise)[5] Where is the Justice Reprise (正義はどこに リプライズ, Seigi wa Doko ni Ripuraizu) L, Light, Company
n/a Where is the Justice (reprise) (2)[5] Where is the Justice Reprise (2) Company
12 Mortals and Fools[5] A Cruel Dream (残酷な夢, Zankokuna Yume) Misa, Rem
13 Stalemate[4] A Game of Death (死のゲーム, Shi no Gēmu) L, Light, Misa, Company
14 I'll Only Love You More[4][6] A Secret Message (秘密のメッセージ, Himitsu no messēji) Misa, Sayu, Company
15 The Way Things Are [6] The Unwavering Truth (揺るがぬ真実, Yuruganu Shinjitsu) L
n/a Where is the Justice (reprise) (3)[5] Pedestrian Scramble (スクランブル交差点, Sukuranburu Kousaten) Company
16 Mortals and Fools (reprise)[5] A Cruel Dream Reprise (残酷な夢 リプライズ, Zankokuna Yume Ripuraizu) Ryuk, Rem
17 Honor Bound[5] With Honor (名誉にかけて, Meiyo ni Kakete) Soichiro
18 Playing His Game[4] Into Him (ヤツの中へ, Yatsu no Naka he) L, Light
19 Borrowed Time[5] The Value of Life (命の価値, Inochi no Kachi) Misa (various dialogue)
20 When Love Comes[4][6] Foolish Love (愚かな愛, Oroka na Ai) Rem
n/a The Way Things Are (reprise)[5] The Unwavering Truth Reprise L (Light dialogue)
21 The Way It Ends[5] Last Moments (最期の時, Saigo no Toki) L, Light
n/a Hurricane (reprise) (2)[5] Death Note Reprise (2) Light
22 Requiem[5][8] Requiem (レクイエム, Rekuiemu) Company

The track numbers and the Japanese titles are from the official Japanese soundtracks. Not all of the songs (notably the multiple reprises) were released on the soundtracks, so some do not have track numbers.

For the English-to-Japanese translation, several of the titles were not translated literally. Many of the lyrics were changed as well. For instance, the Japanese version "Yatsu no Naka he" (ヤツの中へ, "Inside of Him") has very different lyrics from the original "Playing His Game".


List of productions

This is a full list of Death Note: The Musical productions and related performances:

Type Language Dates Location
Musical Japanese April 6 – 29, 2015 Nissay Theatre, Tokyo, Japan
Musical Korean June 11 – August 11, 2015 Seongnam Arts Center Opera House, Seongnam, South Korea
Showcase Korean December 19, 2016 Lotte Concert Hall, Seoul, South Korea
Musical Korean January 3 – 26, 2017 Seoul Arts Center Opera House, Seoul, South Korea
Concert Japanese March 4 – 5, 2017 Tokyo, Japan
March 11, 2017 Osaka, Japan
Musical Japanese June 24 – 25, 2017 Aubade Hall, Toyama, Japan
July 21 – 23, 2017 National Taichung Theater, Taichung, Taiwan
August 19 – 21, 2017 Umeda Arts Theater, Osaka, Japan
September 2 – 24, 2017 New National Theatre, Tokyo, Japan
Concerts & song exhibitions Russian October 1, 2017 Comic Con Russia
Oct 31 & Nov 2, 2017 Glastonberry in Moscow, Russia
December 10, 2017 AvaExpo
December 12, 2017 Opera Concert Club in St. Petersburg, Russia
October 2018 Comic Con Russia
November 24, 2018 Station Hall in Moscow, Russia
Musical Japanese January 20 - February 9, 2020 Toshima Arts and Culture Theatre, Tokyo
February 22 & 23, 2020 Shizuoka City Shimizu Cultural Hall, Shizuoka
February 29 & March 1, 2020 Umeda Arts Theater, Osaka
March 6 - 8, 2020 Hakataza Theater, Hakata, Fukuoka
Concert Russian April 17, 2021 Mir Concert Hall, Moscow, Russia


Poster for the 2017 Osaka production

The musical first ran at the Nissay Theatre in Tokyo, Japan from April 6, 2015 to April 29, 2015. It was directed by Tamiya Kuriyama, who also directed the Korean production.

Two CDs of the songs performed, one featuring Kenji Urai performing as Light and the other featuring Hayato Kakizawa performing as Light, were released July 2015.

Four of the performances have been recorded for release. Two of the live 2015 performances were recorded to air on TV in Japan. The first, with Kenji Urai as Light, aired on October 17, 2015.[9] The second, with Hayato Kakizawa as Light, aired on November 7, 2015.[10] Two of the live 2017 performances were also recorded for TV; both were recorded on September 14, 2017 at the New National Theatre in Tokyo, Japan. The first, again with Urai as Light, aired on December 2, 2017. The second, with Kakizawa as Light, will air on January 13, 2018.[11][12][13]

The musical ran again in September 2017 at the New National Theatre, Tokyo, with most of the main cast returning.[14][15][16] Prior to the second run, the new main cast had four performances of Death Note: The Concert in March 2017, featuring music from the show.[17] In July 2017, the Japanese cast had three performances at the National Taichung Theater in Taichung, Taiwan.[18]

The musical will run a third time in Tokyo in 2020.[19] In January 2019, HoriPro officially announced a new production in January 2020 with an all new cast, and they put out a nationwide open casting call for the lead role of Light Yagami.[20] The 2020 performance will begin at the Toshima Ward Arts & Culture Theater (豊島区立芸術文化劇場) from January 20 to February 9, 2020, before moving south and concluding its tour with a final three-day performance in Fukuoka from March 6 to 8.[21][22]

Character Cast (2015) Cast (2017) Cast (2020)
Light Yagami Kenji Urai (浦井健治) (shared role) Ryouta Murai (村井良大) (shared role)
Hayato Kakizawa (柿澤勇人) (shared role) Shouma Kai (甲斐翔真) (shared role)
L Teppei Koike (小池徹平) Fū Takahashi (髙橋颯)
Misa Amane Fuka Yuzuki (唯月ふうか) Sakura Kiryuu (吉柳咲良)
Rem Megumi Hamada (濱田めぐみ) Hye-Na Park (パク・ヘナ)
Soichiro Yagami Takeshi Kaga (鹿賀丈史) Tetsuya Bessho (別所哲也) Kiyotaka Imai (今井清隆)
Ryuk Kotaro Yoshida (吉田鋼太郎) Kazutaka Ishii (石井一孝) Eiji Yokota (横田栄司)
Sayu Yagami Ami Maeshima (前島亜美) Karin Takahashi (髙橋果鈴) Hirari Nishida (西田ひらり)


Poster for the 2015 Seongnam production

The Korean-language musical ran at the Seongnam Arts Center Opera House in Seongnam, South Korea from June 11 to August 11, 2015. The Korean version was translated from the Japanese version, rather than from the original English version, and includes the lyric changes to songs made in the Japanese translation. The Korean production was directed by Tamiya Kuriyama, who also directed the Japanese production, and produced by CJES.

The musical returned for a second production from January 3 to January 26, 2017, at the Seoul Arts Center Opera House in Seoul. Kim Junsu reprised his role as L, but several of the leads were played by new actors. Prior to the return, a showcase was held on December 19, 2016 at the Lotte Concert Hall. Tickets for the showcase went on sale on December 12 and sold out within one minute.[23] The showcase was streamed live online with over 58,800 viewers watching it live.[24] On January 25, 2017, the production had a Backstage Live Special streamed live online.[25] The video featured the main cast backstage in a group interview.

Character Cast (2015) Cast (2017)
L Kim Junsu (김준수)
Light Yagami Hong Kwang-Ho (홍광호) Han Ji-Sang (한지상)
Misa Amane Jeong Sun-Ah (정선아) Ben (벤)
Ryuk Kang Hong-Seok (강홍석)
Rem Park Hye-Na (박혜나)
Sayu Yagami Lee Su-Bin (이수빈)
Soichiro Yagami Lee Jong-Moon (이종문) Seo Young-Ju (서영주)

Poster for the 2017 Seoul production

A series of videos were released online to advertise both the 2015 and 2017 productions, including several music videos:

See Death Note: The Musical/Video Gallery for more official videos.


The script and song lyrics were originally written in English. In April 2014, there was a closed English-language workshop,[26] and in December 2014, nineteen demo songs were recorded in studio by a New York cast, and eight of them were released in 2015.[27][28][29]

Character 2014 workshop 2014 demo recording
Light Yagami Andy Kelso Jeremy Jordan
L Drew Gehling Jarrod Spector
Misa Amane Adrienne Warren
Ryuk Eric Anderson
Rem Jackie Burns Carrie Manolakos
Soichiro Yagami Robert Cuccioli Michael Lanning
Sayu Yagami N/A Laura Osnes

The 2014 workshop included Deborah Lew as an additional character named Toko who was Light's girlfriend, but the character was later removed. Sayu was not included in the workshop, but was added later, with her part sung by Laura Osnes for the NY demo album.[30][31] The workshop ensemble included Alysha Deslorieux, Sean Jenness, Sara King, Dan Kohler, Adam Pribila, Rashidra Scott, Sara Sheperd, and Jason Wooten.[26]


Bayarunas and Kazmin performing Playing His Game at Comic Con Russia 2017

Russian-language concerts and exhibitions are being performed by Pentagram LTD beginning in 2017, but a full production of the musical has not been officially announced. In an interview at Comic Con Russia 2018, it was clarified that a Russian-language production is still years away.[32]

The two leads, Alexandr Kazmin and Yaroslav Bayarunas, first performed the song "Playing His Game" at Comic Con Russia on October 1, 2017.[33] A studio-recorded version of the song was released on their VK social media account later that day.[34][35] A cast album is currently being recorded.[36][37]

Halloween-themed concerts were held on October 31[38] and November 2nd[39] at the Glastonberry in Moscow, Russia. Bayarunas (L) and Elena Gazaeva (Rem) performed some of the songs at AvaExpo on December 10. Another concert was held December 12, 2017 at the Opera Concert Club in St. Petersburg, Russia.[40]

Pentagram held their first fully-casted concert on November 24, 2018 in which all main singing parts were performed for the first time.[41]

In 2021, Pentagram announced that after long discussions with Japanese studios and after many difficulties, they had finally come to an arrangement and could once again perform Death Note: The Musical, with a new concert scheduled for April 17, 2021 in Moscow. The new concert will feature an updated translation, and some songs will be performed for the first time in Russian.[42]

Character 2017 cast album & performances 2021 performance
Light Yagami Alexandr Kazmin (Александр Казьмин)[43] Alexandr Kazmin
L Yaroslav Bayarunas (Ярослав Баярунас)[43] Yaroslav Bayarunas
Misa Amane Mercedesz Csampai (Мерседес Чампаи)[44] Vera Sveshnikova (Вера Свешникова)
Rem Elena Gazaeva (Елена Газаева)[45] Elena Gazaeva
Ryuk Kirill Gordeev (Кирилл Гордеев)[46] Kirill Gordeev
Soichiro Yagami Alexander Marakulin (Александр Маракулин)
Sayu Yagami Evdokia Malevskaya (Евдокия Малевская)

Possible future productions

According to HoriPro CEO Yoshitaka Hori, Death Note: The Musical could have future productions in other countries, as HoriPro is interested in licensing production rights. France was one of the countries mentioned that was interested in putting on a production. Furthermore, there have been rumors since 2014 of the show coming to Broadway. Initially, it was thought that it would take 5–10 years for a production outside of Asia to get going due to preparation time.[47] However, on January 16, 2017, when a fan asked script-writer Ivan Menchell on Twitter, "Where's the English version??" Menchell responded, "coming soon!", implying that news of a full English production is imminent.[1]

In March 2018, Ivan Menchell indicated that an English-language performance could be released in England, stating in a Tweet: "I am fairly certain it will go to London before coming to NY."[48]

Image gallery

Japanese productions

Korean productions

Video gallery

Japanese productions

Korean productions

External links



  1. 1.0 1.1 "coming soon!" tweet by Ivan Menchell (@ivanmenchell), January 16, 2017.
  2. Broadway composer Frank Wildhorn brings life to hit manga ‘Death Note’ on stage April 2, 2015.
  3. Frank Wildhorn Musical Death Note Has NYC Reading With Andy Kelso, Robert Cuccioli and Adrienne Warren Prior to Japanese Premiere April 17, 2014.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 English song title confirmed in a Facebook post by Frank Wildhorn. March 12, 2015.
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 5.12 5.13 5.14 5.15 5.16 5.17 Ivan Menchell provided the song titles on Twitter. March 17, 2017.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 English song titles confirmed in a Facebook post by Frank Wildhorn. June 1, 2015.
  7. English song title revealed with the Korean music video and confirmed on Frank Wildhorn's Facebook post.
  8. English song title confirmed in a Tweet by Kevin Duda.
  11. Tweet (Japanese), October 26, 2017.
  12. TV scheduling information on WOWOW's official website, retrieved October 26, 2017.
  13. Tweet announcing the television date (Japanese), official WOWOW Twitter account, November 30, 2017.
  14. Tweet announcing the return made by the Musical's official account, 2016 September 29.
  15. 「デスノート THE MUSICAL」再演決定、浦井健治と柿澤勇人がダブル月を続投, Comic Natalie, 2016 September 30.
  16. Death Note the Musical Gets Rerun in September, Anime News Network, 2016 September 30.
  17. Death Note: The Conert official page on HoriPro's site for Death Note: The Musical, including performance and ticket information. Retrieved November 30, 2016.
  18. The Taiwan performance dates were announced in an official tweet made by the National Taichung Theatre. April 12th, 2017.
  19. Ivan Menchell tweeted: "#deathnotemusical will be resurrected in ‘20. Tokyo. And that’s just the beginning. 🤭🤫💀📖" September 2, 2018.
  20. Official Tweet from @dnmusical January 14, 2019, and official Tweet from @horipro_stage January 14, 2019, both announcing a January 2020 production with an all new cast and open audition.
  21. Location of the 2020 performance stated in their official Twitter profile (@dnmusical) and on their official website, retrieved January 15, 2019.
  22. 「デスノート THE MUSICAL」2020年に上演決定!夜神月はオーディションで選出. January 15, 2019.
  23. ‘데스노트’ 쇼케이스, 1분도 안 돼 전석 매진…뜨거운 관심 ('Death Note' Showcase, sold out in less than 1 minute ... Hot interest),, December 12, 2016.
  24. The video was streamed here on, and the number of viewers showing after the stream ended was 58,802. Retrieved December 19, 2016.
  25. Official Facebook post announcing the January 25th, 2017 livestream. Posted January 23, 2017.
  26. 26.0 26.1 Frank Wildhorn Musical Death Note Has NYC Reading With Andy Kelso, Robert Cuccioli and Adrienne Warren Prior to Japanese Premiere, Playbill, April 17, 2014.
  27. Adrienne Warren, December 11, 2014, tweeted about the recording.
  28. Jarrod Spector, December 12, 2014, tweeted about the recording.
  29. Eric Anderson, December 14, 2014, tweeted about the recording.
  30. Ivan Menchell tweeted: "Toko was a girlfriend idea I played around with. Had a beautiful song about a kimono passed down through her family..." "But it wasn't culturally accurate. And we missed the sister." September 14, 2017.
  31. Ivan Menchell teasingly revealed that Jeremy Jordan's Bonnie & Clyde co-star Laura Osnes recorded "We All Need a Hero" for an unreleased track on the NY demo album.
  32. Death Note: The Musical fan group on summarizing the Comic Con Russia news: [1]. October 9, 2018.
  33. [2]
  34. Russian-language "Playing His Game" released October 1, 2017 by Pentagram LTD on their official VK account: [3]
  35. Video showing the recording
  36. Pentagram saying they will begin recording tomorrow, November 28, 2017.
  37. Pentagram "We've started... ;)" for the cast recording, November 29, 2017.
  38. News on Russian-language Death Note: The Musical Halloween exhibition at Retrieved November 16, 2017.
  39. News on Russian-language Death Note: The Musical November 2nd exhibition at Retrieved November 16, 2017.
  40. [4]
  41. Pentagram on about the Nov 24, 2018 concert: [5].
  42. Writer Ivan Menchell posted the announcement in Russian to his Instagram: February 19, 2021. The Russian performers for Light, L, and Rem would also return.
  43. 43.0 43.1 Announcement of Light and L's performers: [6]. August 27, 2017.
  44. Announcement that Mercedes will perform as Misa: [7]. October 9, 2017.
  45. Announcement that Elena will perform as Rem: [8]. September 25, 2017.
  47. Originally reported by The Japan News (dead link). Also reported by: 'Death Note The Musical' Characters May Bring Their Heartwarming Tale Overseas at April 3, 2015.
  48. Tweet by Ivan Menchell (@ivanmenchell), March 19, 2018.
    • Fan (@ShadowForks) asked: "American Death Note musical when? That concept album is a fan-favorite."
    • Ivan's response: "Glad you like it! Still not date. But I am fairly certain it will go to London before coming to NY."